Vale unveiled as champions

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Vale First & Middle School were celebrating after winning the ASDA Kwik Cricket girls' competition for the first time in their history.

Chasing 240 in a thrilling final against last year's winners Oakley C E Junior School, Vale's last pairing blocked out the last two balls of the match to seal a nervous victory.

"It means an awful lot to our school," said the Vale's Joe Todd.

"We've never won it before so it's been absolutely amazing. Absolutely tremendous.

"The final was definitely the best two teams and we are absolutely delighted to have won. Very, very nerve-wracking."

The West Sussex based school spent hours training for the national finals, which were held at the County Ground in Derby.

"It means everything to the girls," added Todd. "They will never forget this time - national champions at 11. It was the culmination of after-school clubs, lunchtime practices, missing lessons here and there. We just worked so hard and to win it is absolutely incredible.

"What I like about Kwik Cricket is that it involves everyone. Everyone has to bowl and bat at some stage. It's such an inclusive game."